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Can you claim compensation for an injury on your way to work?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

The daily commute is a routine part of life for many employees. But what happens if you get injured on your way to work? Understanding the laws can help you know your rights and see if you may be eligible for compensation.

Understanding the “going-and-coming” rule in North Carolina

The “going-and-coming” rule in North Carolina states that workers’ compensation does not cover injuries sustained while commuting to or from work. This rule stems from the idea that the employer has no control over the employee during their commute and, therefore, is not responsible for any injuries that might occur during this time. For example, workers’ compensation will usually not cover your injuries if you get into a car accident on your way to the job site.

Four exceptions to the “going-and-coming” rule

Despite the general rule, essential exceptions can make you eligible for compensation.

  1. Particular errands: If your employer asks you to run a work-related errand, any injury you sustain during that errand can qualify for workers’ compensation.
  2. Employer-provided transportation: If your employer provides transportation, such as a company vehicle or reimburses your travel expenses, they may provide coverage for potential injuries sustained during your commute.
  3. Workplace premises: You may be eligible for compensation if you get injured on your employer’s property, such as a parking lot or building.
  4. Traveling employees: If your job requires you to travel, they may cover expenses for injuries sustained during your commute.

Understanding these rules and exceptions can help you navigate your rights if you sustain injuries on your way to work.

Knowing your rights under the “going-and-coming” rule can make a significant difference if you ever face an injury during your commute. You may want to seek legal professionals to help you explore legal options and understand the possible outcomes of your case.